Pick-and-place equipment and SMT assembly are at the heart of the electronics manufacturing process. At Restronics Florida, the sales staff has far-reaching experience with pick-and-place devices. As components become smaller, novel technology may be required, and as volumes develop, older equipment may need to be swapped or improved for boosted efficiency. As firms re-shore PCB production, there is a great necessity for enhanced speed and functionalities. Around the country, supply chain concerns and the drive for reinforced control over delivery time and cost are fueling a need for higher performance of SMT pick and place equipment.
The necessity for NPI technology is rising, and it should be easy to use and flexible, as well as dispense paste or adhesive, and also position components. Doing this, users can produce small quantities of circuit boards without waiting for stencils to come through and then making adjustments, then waiting again for newer, modified stencils to arrive. Although these systems aren’t the fastest, they do provide a lot of flexibility for very low volume and high mix applications. Furthermore, most of these machines can pick and place components like connectors and odd-shaped parts that unreachable to most high-speed SMT gear.
The newest iteration of SMT P&P equipment includes dual lanes of operation for ultra-high speed applications, interchangeable pick and place heads for high speed and large component placement, and electric component verification. Some devices place components at rates of up to 90,000 CPH (components per hour). Actual CPH rates can be determined off-line to give accurate speed and time for manufacturing specific PCBs. With pick and place equipment, off-line programming and line balancing are generally standard features to optimize feeder set up and lessen turnaround time. Most jobs are established on feeder trolleys that can be hauled into place before the procedure begins. This greatly lessens feeder setup and turnaround time.
Restronics Florida's knowledgeable workforce can help you in all aspects of picking and placing SMT gear.